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Which parties are in the current Romanian government (coalition)?

Confusingly enough, Romania has two liberal parties, one called PNL (National Liberal) which supported the [re-election of] the current president Klaus Iohannis, and another called ALDE (Democrat ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

I live in Germany, and it seems completely strange to see a stable separation between Republicans and Democrats, and even somewhat near half of the votes for each. I see that the number of two ...
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Cabinets in USA (presidential) and UK (parliamentary) system difference? [closed]

What differences are there in the way the cabinets work between the UK, with their parliamentary system, and the USA, with their presidential system?
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Can the United Kingdom Legislature legislate anything it wants?

This question arises from an answer to a question here regarding Parliamentary Sovereignty. If the UK Parliament was to legislate for something, assuming it didn't violate international treaties etc., ...
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To what extent can a government control satellite internet compared to internet from a local ISP?

I've been thinking about Elon Musk's internet over satellite project. It requires a receiver to use this internet service and customers pay directly to his company for the service. This made me think,...
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How are letters between governments being transported and delivered?

Recently, it became somewhat common for governments to publish letters, like the two examples given below. I just wonder: How are those letters between governments and/or international organizations ...
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Minimum number of MPs

In recent years there has been a period of recess in the UK parliament to allow for party conferences. This year however parliament was prorogued and while this action was ultimately overturned it did ...
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What's the significance of forcing someone to hand over a resignation as opposed to simply firing them?

There are cases where the calling party has no authority, for example Jeremy Corbyn calling on Boris Johnson to resign but then there are cases where the asking party has legal authority but still ...
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Why does the US Federal Election Commision currently not have quorum? [duplicate]

It's been mentioned in many news pieces about Yang's novel use of campaign funds that the US FEC cannot currently rule on it because it doesn't have quorum. So, why doesn't the FEC have quorum? It is ...
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Why does not government invest into open source projects?

Maybe I am wrong. But what I have seen so far: There is huge demand for further development of open source tools, of course, they are free to use and help businesses. There are some business models ...
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The meaning of “right” in Italian Fascism

In laying out the foundation for fascism, Giovanni Gentile and Benito Mussolini wrote two essays in the 1920s and 30s known as, "La Dottrina del Fascismo". Gentile authored the first essay titled "...
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The actual purview of Her Majesty The Queen's prerogative?

In keeping up to date on Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Special Advisor to Boris Johnson - UK Prime Minister - has stated that, in the event that a motion of no confidence has passed the House of Commons, ...
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Evidence for meeting Treasury Criteria for Currency Manipulation

In order for a country to be designated as a currency manipulator, it needs to meet three criteria set by the Treasury itself: Significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States ...
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What is the effect and/or good reasons of changing a paper bill to a coin?

Recently, there's this news circulating that our country's government is planning to change our 20 pesos paper bill into a coin. I believe there are issues solved here but I can not tell what. So, I'd ...
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Does a best or most optimized system exist?

People have diverse views about what they think is moral, what economic policy is the best, what legislation is good, etc. But all of these views are opinions. By sharing our opinions, (most) people ...
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Why is “birth tourism” possible in so many countries?

I just learned about the idea of birth tourism, thanks to another question on this site. In almost all of North and South America one can gain citizenship through being born in the country. It is also ...
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Are there documented examples of politicians lying for the greater good?

I have been watching the first two episodes of HBO’s Chernobyl show and after that my girlfriend was translating some news bulletin made by the Russians 4 days after the accident. The video, which we ...
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Can Labour force a general election in the UK?

In the UK, Labour claim to want a general election, but despite the handling of Brexit, still the government coalition will not pass a no-confidence vote. Could Labour not force the issue on Brexit, ...
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How does government know it is doing good to its citizens?

How does a government in general know (find out) whether it is doing good to its citizens? Let's define 'good' of citizen as 'good' of person (human). In my definition it is that each person's ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

In the USA, Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned by the government. What is the reason?
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How do the PM, Secretaries of State and the Speaker of the House of Commons help their constituents?

The Prime Minister, Secretaries of State and the Speaker of the House of Commons seem to represent their former constituency even after they become speaker. For example, the current Speaker, John ...
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Why are South Korean content laws so strict?

I am from South Korea, and in my country, graphic content laws are extremely strict - so strictly enforced that the following events had happened: 19+ filter on Google and YouTube Government blocked ...
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What is the rationale for a government trying to block one of its citizens for becoming EU prosecutor?

Romania’s former head of the anti-corruption directorate DNA has significant chances of becoming European Prosecutor's Office. According to Wikipedia, an EU Prosecutor can investigate fraud across EU,...
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How are subpoena'd documents physically created?

I just wondered about the mechanics of how documents requested by subpoena or by congressional inquiry (eg Nadler's current request for Trump-related files from various agencies) are physically ...
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How has the division of power worked, between govt and parliament, in modern Britain?

In the last few months, the UK has seen what might be called an "activist parliament". There have been comments on TV/radio in the context of Brexit, that MPs have been setting their own agenda, not ...
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Government Schemes - Indian Context

In the Indian context, What exactly are government schemes and how are they different from laws made by the parliament ? Are the schemes solely executive action or parliament permission is needed ...
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Are around 50,000 jobs in the US government/administration replaced after a switch from Democrats/Republican in the presidential election?

I remember this statement in an article (I forgot) but was not able to google an estimate of this number as a German not to so much in knowledge of the US political system. The reason I'm asking as a ...
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What’s the point of triumvirate, as political regime?

Triumvirate is a very frequent pattern of government, and almost every area or the world, in almost every age, shows examples of it. I’m Italian, and thus I am particularly familiar with the notion, ...
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Are there any restrictions to the claims politicians can make?

So I saw this morning that Donald Trump (US president) claimed the US would be at war with North Korea by now if he hadn't been elected. This made me wonder if there are any restrictions on what a ...
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What does Zimbabwe need to do to become a colony again?

I am a Zimbabwean and I believe that the only way my country can move out of the economic mess we are in is not through politics. But simply giving away the country to anyone/any country that may be ...
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How is Northern Ireland currently being governed with its executive vacant and its legislature suspended?

Currently, the Northern Ireland Executive is vacant while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, following the resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and subsequently First ...
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How can the Senate remove the majority leader?

If the senate majority leader is refusing to do his job, can the other Senators vote to expel him or force a vote for new leadership?
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What is the majority of 65?

In Guyana there was a vote on a motion of no-confidence. For a no-confidence motion to pass the constitution requires the "votes of the majority of all elected members of the National Assembly". The ...
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What is gained by shutting down the government?

My question is Why? I found out that numerous presidents have shut down the government when they were unable to reach an agreement with the Legislature. Presumably the disagreements were all about ...
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Enumeration of different governmental structures?

Is there a book/site that encompasses classify and explains all different governmental structures and governance throughout space and time ? The Greek city states, the Italian city states, ...
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Can land on another planet be acquired by a person or country, and if so how?

When can a person or country stake claim to land on another planet? At what legal point can a country declare we own this land in the name of whom so ever?
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What are the constitutional and broader implications of today's vote by Parliament, finding that the govt was in contempt?

According to the BBC, today's vote by the UK Parliament that finds the government in contempt, is said to have "huge" constitutional and political significance". Setting aside the immediate issue ...
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If the DUP is no longer in a “confidence and supply arrangement” can the UK Government still govern?

on Monday, the DUP abstained on the first two votes on the Finance Bill, and eight DUP lawmakers voted against the government in a third vote, on an amendment to the bill proposed by the opposition ...
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National Reconciliation Ordinance (2007) [closed]

In Pakistan constitution General Pervaiz Musharraf introduces the NRO (2007)and in other countries it’s a possible to give NRO to the politicians ?? And if it is possible how many countries have been ...
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Titles for US public figures

It appears that it is customary in the US to continue to refer to prominent public figures by the title they previously held, e.g. President Obama, Secretary Clinton etc. I understand that this is ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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What happens if Members of Parliament defect causing a Government to lose a majority?

If enough Members of Parliament defect causing a Government to lose their majority, is the process that the incumbent can try to form a new Government via coalition or confidence and supply? If this ...
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Is the government just a utilities monopoly? [closed]

I can't see any difference between the government or a company that has monopoly over utilities. It literally draws all the power from the same source. America was founded on infrastructure tariffs. ...
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Maxine Waters “passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years”?

It is asserted here (time stamp 10:04) that My opponent [referring to Maxine Waters] only passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years. Is this true and how does an average person like me verify this ...
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What is the importance and value of centralized government?

What can a centralized government do that an "uncentralized" government (like that of the United States under the Articles of Confederation) cannot do, concerning trade, taxes, defense, and the ...
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Does all private land in the US trace its origin to a US government patent

I just wonder if all private land in the US traces its origin to a patent, or if the patents were established on property people already owned on the frontier as the governed area expanded, so the ...
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How can Indian government afford highly unpopular decisions such as banknote demonetisation?

This question deals with the consequences of 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation and it seems that this decision severely impacted dozens of millions of people (especially farmers). It is clear that ...
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Questions regarding congressman indicted for insider trading

Background by Roll Call: Collins, who represents New York’s 27th District that covers Buffalo and its surrounding counties, suspended his campaign after being indicted on charges of insider ...
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What are the reasons for not calculating government officials' wages in terms of minimal wage?

In the context of Russian Federation, a deputy of the Duma (the lower assembly) is said to be earning ~400k rubles per month on average (actual amount doesn't matter, only the order of magnitude), ...
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What power does a president possess in a parliamentary form of government?

The president is a titular head in these type of governments. Does the president possess power, if any at all? If he doesn't, why keep the president? Why not just fire him/her? I'm specifically ...